I’m not sure that we have photos of any of this but….
Early on in the spring or summer we took the bike to Pamucak beach and parked it up whilst we went for a walk. Whilst we were walking ‘something’ happened to the bike. We didn’t notice till we were a way down the road but, one way or another it had been knocked over and the end of one of the handgrips had come off. We rode back to the carpark and, after some digging around, managed to retrieve it. For a while we hoped it might be repairable but it had just sheared off through the metal. The price of those grips in Turkey does not bear thinking about. They’re quite expensive in the UK (and we weren’t due to go to the UK for quite some time). Fortunately they are far cheaper in America and we were expecting a visit from some friends in March. Parts were duly ordered, delivered to our friend and put in his suitcase so he wouldn’t forget them (thank you Wes).
Then Hilary got bitten by a spider. Hardly noticed it at first, then enough pain to prevent sleep. She let it go for a few days, at which point her leg swolled up most horribly and red lines developed, necessitating a trip to the local hospital and two courses of antibiotics, along with some magic water to apply to the bite and instructions to keep the leg elevated. It soon started to improve and the two courses of antibiotics cured the problem.
Meanwhile, one morning when Ashley was watering our garden, our neighbour called us in to witness his carpets floating on at least 18 inches of our watering water. It had seeped through from our tiny square garden into the lower part of his house. We promised to fill that bit of garden in at the soonest opportunity. Sadly this meant uprooting the bougainvillea which had grown up to cover our roof. Ashley dug stuff up and, in the course of so doing, decided to use his rib as a lever. And yes, it did break. This made the rest of the work harder than it should have been not to mention more painful.
So, in between trips to Greece, we had a great week with our friends from America, got the part fitted, destroyed our tiny square of garden and paved it over with tiling. It looked very sad at first but we’ve got some pots on there now and we intend to buy a lemon tree in spring, so it is filling up quite nicely.
Oh, and did I mention that Ashley built us a permanent barbecue on the roof?
He made an excellent job of it and has cooked some excellent meals on it.
With all this work, it’s hardly any wonder that if he’s not got tennis elbow, he’s got something pretty similar. But it’s not slowed him down at all.
Hilary, meanwhile, has been working on costume for Conscience, a larp based on Westworld we shall be attending at the end of January. This has included a full set of victorian ladies underwear, including a corset. She’s still working on designing a hat!